Fox has set Drew Goddard, who was nominated for an Oscar for penning The Martian, to write and direct X-Force, its X-Men spinoff that will feature both Deadpool and Cable, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Simon Kinberg, who shepherds the X-Men franchise for the studio, Lauren Shulder Donner and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds will produce the feature.
X-Force was a spinoff of New Mutants, the very first X-Men spinoff, that launched in the early 1990s and was co-created by Rob Liefeld, best known as the co-creator of Deadpool. The character Cable led the team that was known as a more militant take on the mutant heroes and included such characters as Shatterstar, Domino and Feral.
X-Force has been in the works for some time — Jeff Wadlow at one point wrote a draft and was slated to direct — but this incarnation follows a thread spun from the Reynolds-led Deadpool movies.
Cable and Domino are being introduced in Deadpool 2, which is set to open June 1, 2018, and features Josh Brolin as Cable.
Both Reynolds and Brolin are expected to star in X-Force.
Goddard has superhero cred, having created Marvel’s Daredevil for Netflix. He was also on deck to direct Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff Sinister Six, but that project was sidelined when the studio’s plans changed.
Goddard is a Fox favorite — The Martian was released by the studio — and he currently is in preproduction on Bad Times at the El Royale, which he wrote and will direct. The crime thriller will star Jeff Bridges and Chris Hemsworth, among others.